WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE? 

Oriental Medicine is a complete medical system that has been around for over a century.  Acupuncture, the largest branch of our medicine, involves needling the human body to effect balance and change.  Sterile, single-use, disposable needles are inserted along pathways, called meridians that create an energetic network for our bodies.

Diagnosis in this medicine is determined by an extensive health interview along with evaluation of the pulse, examination of the tongue, and palpation of the hara, or abdomen.

The focus in Oriental Medicine is on the whole person and the root of the illness, not on specific diseases.  This medicine is so individualistic that two patients with the same disease will be treated entirely differently and both will find relief!  I believe this is why acupuncture is so effective.

 WILL IT HURT?  

 

Most people when they think the word needle, they see a big, fat hypodermic needle like what’s used in the hospital.  Acupuncture needles are filiform, meaning they are not hollow like hypodermics.  In fact, our needles are so thin, if I sat across the kitchen table from you and held one by the handle, you would have trouble seeing it!

Most of the time you won’t even feel the needles going in, but once inserted you can feel a range of things, like a dull ache, a tingling throughout your body, or moving electrical sensations.  This is normal and is your body reacting and adjusting to the point.  If you do feel the needle going in, the most common analogy is a sensation like a mosquito bite.  No big deal, right?  Many people even fall asleep during treatment!

 CONDITIONS TREATED BY ACUPUNCTURE  

Patients have reported these benefits from acupuncture:

  • Increased Energy & Improved Sleep
  • Strengthened Immune System
  • Reduced Stress, Anxiety & Depression
  • Pain Control
  • Lower Cholesterol and Balancing of Blood Pressure
  • Relief from PMS & Menopausal Symptoms
  • Reduced Dependence on Prescription Drugs
  • Improved memory

 

The World Health Organization (WHO) and National Institute of Health (NIH) recognize that acupuncture is safe and effective for treating a wide range of health concerns.  Listed below are conditions that are endorsed by these organizations for treatment by acupuncture:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Addictions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Colitis
  • Common cold
  • Constipation/Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Digestive Issues
  • Dizziness
  • Emotional issues
  • Fatigue
  • Fertility
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Hypertension
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Insomnia
  • Low back pain
  • Menopause
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Pain
  • Palpitations
  • PMS
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder pain/Frozen Shoulder
  • Sinusitis
  • Stress
  • Tennis/Golf elbow
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Urinary tract infections

 

 MOXIBUSTION 
Different grades and quality of moxa are used for different techniques.

Different grades and quality of moxa are used for different techniques.

Moxibustion is a technique that has been used for over a century for a myriad of health issues.   It involves the use of the herb Artemesia vulgaris, or moxa, in the common vernacular.  There are many ways to administer this technique in Chinese and Japanese medicine.  During my studies with my Japanese mentor, I focused on the oldest versions of this technique, which involves rolling the herb into various shapes and sizes by hand.    In Asia they sell “Moxa Sticks” at local pharmacies for patients to use at home safely.  This type of moxa is more of a heat therapy than anything else because it does not touch the skin.  In the types of moxa that I employ, you receive the benefits of the oils from the herb absorbing into your skin.The two main styles I use are called chinetsku or cone moxa, and konetsku, known as rice grain moxa.  Moxa is one of my favorite aspects of the work that I do because it is SO effective.

"Rice Grain Moxa" employs gold moxa, which is artemesia aged for the longest amount of time.

Rice Grain Moxa: This style employs gold moxa, which is artemesia aged for the longest amount of time.

 

What Conditions Does Moxa Treat?

Moxibustion is employed in so many things because it increases circulation in the body, making it good for any musculoskeletal complaints, and it also raises the white blood cell count!  Because of this, it is helpful for any type of infection or injury.  It also stimulates the appetite!  Below is a list of some (but nowhere near all!) of the conditions it can treat:

  • Adjunct with Cancer care
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Bruises & Easy Bruising
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Morning Sickness
  • Poor Appetite
  • Poor Digestion
  • Anemia
  • Fatigue
  • Colds/Flu
  • Circulation Issues
Cone Moxa: This style uses a slightly lower grade artemesia rolled into larger cones.

Cone Moxa: This style uses a slightly lower grade artemesia rolled into larger cones.

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